Cam­paign to re­claim streets


Chil­dren and young peo­ple have been get­ting cre­ative and learn­ing about the City’s art col­lec­tion at the In­ver­cargill Public Art Gallery. Through­out the school hol­i­days, 138 chil­dren and young peo­ple vis­ited the gallery to choose their favourite from the 70 im­ages of art­works cov­er­ing the walls of a spe­cial space at the 5 Don Street popup gallery.

All 46 of the cho­sen art­works are on dis­play in the Kids can Cu­rate ex­hi­bi­tion that opened on 29 Oc­to­ber and will run through to Christ­mas.

Free af­ter school Tues­day work­shops have also been or­gan­ised as part of the Kids can Cu­rate ex­hi­bi­tion. In these work­shops, chil­dren can learn about us­ing pa­per in new ways to sculpt forms and create coloured pat­terns. Work­shops for 5 to 8 year-olds are sched­uled for Tues­day 6 De­cem­ber and Tues­day 13 De­cem­ber from 3:45 to 4:30pm. Sib­lings of dif­fer­ent ages are wel­come.

As­sis­tant Man­ager Sarah Brown says these work­shops are very cre­ative, hands-on and pop­u­lar.

‘‘They help the kids to feel like the gallery is a space for them,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s a pretty re­laxed at­mo­sphere.’’

The work­shops are run by Sarah and gov­ern­ing Pres­i­dent and trained art teacher Dave Kennedy.

Spa­ces are lim­ited. Please reg­is­ter by email: info@in­ver­cargillpub­li­cart­ or phone: 215 7432.

The project is sup­ported by a Cre­ative Com­muni- ties grant and spon­sor­ship from the In­ver­cargill Li­cens­ing Trust.

The In­ver­cargill Public Art Gallery is open week­days Tues­day to Fri­day, 10am to 5pm and Satur­day from 12 noon to 3.30pm at 5 Don Street, In­ver­cargill. FREE en­try and ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren pro­vided. South­land par­ents are be­ing en­cour­aged to make a pledge com­mit­ting to get­ting their kids to school, with­out us­ing the car, one day each week.

It is part of a Fairfax cam­paign, sup­ported by the Eye and the Sun­day Star-Times, called the Foot It cam­paign.

We have teamed up with Neigh­bourly and Mi­cro Scoot­ers to bring change by driv­ing mem­ber­ship of their Foot It clubs. South­landers can take the pledge by head­ing to www.neigh­ - they can nom­i­nate the day of the week they’re go­ing to Foot It to school. It could be walk­ing, cy­cling, scoot­ing, or some­thing else en­tirely. Mem­bers will also be­come a mem­ber of their lo­cal Neigh­bourly Foot It Group to keep con­nected and in­spired.

Each club is a place to con­nect with other par­ents, com­mu­ni­cate ini­tia­tives and share ideas - plus, it also gives par­tic­i­pants the chance to win one of 50 Mi­cro scoot­ers.

The Eye reporter Joanna Grif­fiths said: ‘‘We think this is a great com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive. It’s fun, it helps fit­ness and it gets peo­ple walk­ing to school. I have started walk­ing to work ev­ery day. It takes 30 min­utes and is re­fresh­ing - bet­ter than a cup of cof­fee.’’

Sun­day Star-Times Edi­tor Jonathan Milne says ‘‘we want to re­claim our streets as a safe place for kids to get to and from school, and see our Foot It clubs as a fun op­por­tu­nity for par­ents to walk the talk.’’

A re­cent Min­istry of Trans­port study tracked the de­cline of chil­dren walk­ing or cy­cling to school in favour of be­ing driven over the past 20 years. This has led to may­hem out­side school gates and the un­pop­u­lar­ity of ac­tive modes of trans­port.

Mi­cro Scoot­ers Brand Man­ager Han­nah McHal­ick says ‘‘scoot­ing with your kids to school is a great way to be a healthy role model for your lit­tle ones.’’

The aim is to shift the cam­paign na­tion­wide if it takes off.

Par­ents in­ter­ested in sign­ing up to a Foot It club can go to www.neigh­ Pledg­ing will also give them a chance to win one of 50 Mi­cro scoot­ers.

Scoot­ing with your kids to school is a great way to be a healthy role model.

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